Categories: World News

Australian Man Fights Off Crocodile With Pocket Knife

File photo used to illustrate the story.


A 60-year-old Australian man escaped the jaws of a large crocodile by stabbing it repeatedly in the head with his pocket knife as it dragged him into a river, local authorities said Wednesday.

Wildlife officers said the man was “lucky to be alive” after the terrifying attack at a remote riverbank in Australia’s far northern Cape York Peninsula.

“There was a struggle and he, fortunately, escaped the grip of a four to four-and-a-half-meter crocodile. The odds of doing that are about zero,” said the Queensland state environment department’s Matt Brien.

The man had gone fishing on his property last week near Hope Vale, about five hours’ drive from Cairns, and he shooed away a bull from the riverbank so he could take over the spot.

Then, the crocodile struck.

 ‘It lunged at Him’ 

“He described seeing the crocodile seconds before it lunged at him, knocking him over as he was about to cast his fishing rod,” the department said in a statement.

He grabbed onto the branch of a mangrove tree in a desperate attempt to stay out of the river as the crocodile’s jaws clamped around his boots. But he quickly lost the tug-of-war and was pulled in.

“The man said that as he entered the water, he managed to retrieve his knife from his belt and stabbed the crocodile in its head until it let him go.”

The man then scrambled up the bank to escape the predator.

After emergency treatment at Cooktown Hospital, he was later flown to Cairns Hospital where he was still recovering a week later.

A health department spokeswoman said he was in a “stable” condition.

‘Harrowing Experience’ 

Wildlife officers who interviewed the man Tuesday confirmed that his injuries were consistent with a crocodile attack.

“It appears that the crocodile was targeting the bull or the cow at the time, and he’s just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Brien told reporters.

“It’s an absolutely harrowing experience. He won’t forget that in a long time.”

Brien said the man had been left “quite traumatised” by the incident, adding he would need “time for healing, both mentally and physically”.

Saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded in Australia’s “croc country” since they were declared a protected species in 1971, with attacks increasing in recent years.

The “salties”, which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne, are a common feature of the vast continent’s tropical north.

Fatalities remain relatively rare, with locals and visitors warned to keep their distance from crocodile-inhabited waterways.


Emmanuel Egobiambu

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by
Emmanuel Egobiambu
Tags: Cape York Crocodile

Recent Posts

  • Local

Police Investigate DPO Who Allegedly Owns Illegal Refinery In Rivers State

The Rivers State Police Command says it has set up a panel to investigate a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) who…

3 mins ago
  • Sports

‘Disappointed’ Djokovic Set To Be Deported From Australia 

Novak Djokovic lost his last-gasp bid to avoid deportation from Australia on Sunday, ending a sensational legal battle over his…

21 mins ago
  • Sports

Martial Denies Rangnick Claim Over Refusal To Be In United Squad

Anthony Martial contradicted Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick's claim he refused to be in the squad for Saturday's match…

36 mins ago
  • Headlines
  • Local

SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks ‘Copy Of Agreement With Twitter’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good offices and leadership position to…

58 mins ago
  • AFCON 2021

Salah Lifts Egypt Over Guinea-Bissau At Cup Of Nations

Mohamed Salah got back among the goals for Egypt on Saturday as his second-half strike handed the record seven-time African…

1 hour ago
  • World News

Former Haiti Senator Arrested In Jamaica Over President’s Murder

A former Haitian lawmaker who is a suspect in the assassination of the country's president has been arrested in Jamaica,…

2 hours ago